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voices we coon found tha: we were in the
vicinity, of! a ferry and a picket station.
We'conld bear conver.lation all day, and
=lay qa . iet until dark, when taking our
boat tote the centre of the stream ? , we
proposed to float quietly past the ferry,
but just as! we got to it, our boat struck
a snag, Making a noise which alarmed
the sentinel on. shore. "Who's in that
boat ?",' cello ringing, across to us. We
made no reply, and after challenging us
three times., the alarni was given, and
boats put cit, going each side of the river
down the 'stream. We could see them
by 'their to'rehes, but they could not see
us. We telt that'our time was come, but
making a deaperate effort we released our
bust and Paddled to the shore retracine ,
"our steps up tlte river, until we came to
the.woodsj where we, i put op our "oint
•ment." this time, both sides of the
river were alive with our pursuers, car
ryins,c, torches and bringing out their dogs.
- We struck actoas an open lot to a large
',outfield Where we •concealed ourselves,
Our pursuers came near us and all around
us. The dogs could not get the trail but
would continually return to the place
where .we landed, and follow our track to
the place •scrbere we greased up, when
they would' lose the seent. This was a
great puzzle to the rebs, and we could
plainly !mair their wonders at the unusual
conduct- a, their dogs. Finally they
=moved :away from the vicinity of our hid.
leg Place, When we quickly took to our
beettrand did tot_rest until we gained
an elevation of ground half a mile from
them,' where we encamped. We could
see them Juost all night, scouring the
country with their torches, and the deep
baying of the bounds was anything but
pleasant music to us. Finally becom
ing tired lof the pursuit, they gave
it up. ;
The nest night we struck off into the
couatry several miles from the river, and
for two day s traveled as nearly parallel to
it as we col l oid '
-On the 30th we came to an old planta
tiou ,whicblafter carefully reconnoitering
we found Was only inhabited by negroes.
Ye made Our situation know to them,
and *one old darkey took us to his hut and
baked us up nine loaves of corn bread, of
which,. althOugh we were nearly farnie.bed,
we did not allow ourselves to consume
but one of these a day. We paid the
darkev $l5 for the bread, five dollars for
a double handful of salt, and five dollars
fors plug of tobacco. He also gave us
directions_ which way to travel, and told
us that the confederate' cavalry were
around 014 vicinity with packs of hound,
looking fell deserters &c. His wife was
a white woman ; and chewed snuff. He
time a free In egro, and had charge of the
plantation,he owner of which was at the
North,, with his wife, having made his
escape tour lines Borne time previous.
The nex day we discovered a canoe on
the opposite shore of tho river, and near
the plantation. We concluded to swim
the riveryhich was very wide, and secure
it,having cast lots to see who should make!
the attempt. While i waiting .for the i
evening to cover our undertahing, we
were delighted to see the overseer come
down to the river and cross over to our
side, hitching his skiff within a few feet
of our ambush. As soon as he was at al
respectable distance we tobk possession 1
of the skiff and puShed down the river.
In this way we traveldd for three nights,
hiding our boat and ourselves an the day- ,
On the Morning of the 3d of Novem
ber, we fund ourselves at the bead of
the Chootawhatchie bay, and here we
expected to have found our gunboats.but
in this we were disappointed. Both shores
of the bai were lined with an impenetia
hie swamp, and the water was very rough,
a) much so that our boat was in danger
of being swamped. 1 We pulled our boat
into shoreC and being entirely out of pro
visions, we tried to 'catch some fish. But
not_a bites could we, get. Determined to
have some food we started into the coun
and by good, luck came across a de- '
serted plantation. I Not a soul could we
find, so We took possession. We soon
found a' guinea hen, whose days were)
numbered. We Made up a 'fire in the
Louse, hunted up a Dutch oven and put
the fowl !roasting. We continued our
search and found a barrel aeon], and also
a coffee mill. In this we cracked up
aboht a 'peck of corn and made some.
Johbny cakes. Famished as we were,
this coarse food was delicious. About,
dark a Nett of gelato came to the house.
We were I not 'engin securing a fine kid,
and his carcass was soon roasting before
the fire. As soon as he was in any way
iu an, eatable Condition .we commenced
our attacks upon him, and did not desist
until we '4lO nearly devoured one third
of him. Tnding-some cotton in the house
we strewed it on the floor and for the first
time for Many months enjoyed sleet, be
neath a' roof. We were so much ex
hausted by our previous travels that we
laid by here two dayi, when fearing to
remain longer, we abandoned our boat
_and started .for Lagrange, once a flour
ishing town, but now almost deserted.—
We canah in sight of the town, but before
Teaching . it, we came across three contra
bands; Who informed us that the gun
boats ware at East Pass nearly 60 miles
distant.; We continued our travels, and
came to!a bayou Sunday afternoon, on the
- banks of, which we found a plantation of
sweet' petatocs. Seeuriog some we went
into the; woods arid built up a rousing fire.
It had been rejoin , ' very bard all day
and we Were completely, soaked. Drying
. our clothes, and'cooking our potatoes we
passed a miserable night in the swamp.
The next morning_we started to go around
she happy, and bid not travele.d far be
fur. I,6 l came Phillip 'upon a white man.
He accosted ; I ns, and taking us for'corifed
crate solders entered ; 1 into conversation
with "us. We Bonn found out that in
consequencolof a visit' to his plantation
by our gunboats he had taken an oath of
neutrality, 'and cared very little which
side prospered, providing he 'reunified
undisturbed in the possession of his prop
erty. We finally inade known otir situa.";
tien to him, arid importuned bin) to as-,
slat us. This'he said he was afraid to
do as the rebel cavalry made frequent
visits to his plantation, and if they should
find it out, would take summary ven
geance upon Lim.l He finally told lIS of
a Union than who lived across the bayou, i
one Eli Wright, Who . would,l;if we could:
reach his house, afford us Protection and
assistance; and consented i 3 O let . his son'
tako us across the bayou I,ri his , boat,
which wall concealed near by.iwhich he
i nid, and we gave him six dollars in green
'and rh If '
backs. About a mile a . a of travel
brought us to tb&houie of 'Or.' Wright.
We wenyboldly into his yaid, where we!
found him at work coopering an'old pail.?
He was nearly 7O years old. Azeostingi
him by his name, we Worland him that
we were Yankees; fleeing to the Union 1
lines. With tears in his eyes he wel.
corned us; shaking, each oneiof us by the
hand, and saying "God blesi you !'i He
said "1 7as born a Union :man, I have
always liYed a Union man" and by the
i blessing of God I will die a Union man."
Taking us tote the house, hp introduced
us tells wife, who was a singular woman.
"Be you Surely Union boys '.?' If you are,
the best I have in the bo'use shall be
yours. I have about a quarter of a pound
Of coffee whichil will pt . , arid if you are
blamed rebels, hope it will" Poison every
pesky one of y I'' 1
We assured er that we Wen Yankees, I
and she soon se • herself to mirk to provide
us with a good supper, the "choicest lux
ury of which was the coffee. And uo
wonder. for N 76 had halYl tasted this
article since wnwere taken prisoners. We
narrated our adventures to the old couple,
who seemed to`take as nine l 'h interest in
us as Hales. had been their own children
Shortly after our meal the old man's
son .returned home. He 'lied been to a
village some twenty miles atvay, and bad
learned that rebel cavalry iwere in that
vicinity. and liable to make him a visit at
any moment.. So the old man hurried us
off down to the bayou ;there he had a
barn filled with coin husks. Ile furnished
us with blankets and we made ourselves
safe and comfortable. He ,told us that
be was expecting , a vsit every day from al
Yankee schooner which frequently corn-I
. unicated between him and the Yankee
fleet, and said he would secrete ns until
it came. Ile broughttus our meals reg
ularlyl After laying here four days, the.
schooner . did not ,caine, and; the old man
began to grow alSrined for our safety and
his own. Surionnded by decesh neigh-,
bors and liable to visits fromrebel cav-I
alry, he thought ii, improvident to remain
longer concealed at his barn But where'
to go was the' perpleiing cpestion. The,
Union fleet was 35 miles down the bay,
and the only practicable means of reach- l
ing it was byloiit. ' There °was onlylonel
in this neighborhood, and this belonged!
to an old Seeesh,, one Brown, who was so (
jealous of it that : be was in the habit of!
!vine. in wait' by its side, :with his rifle!
. . 1 ,
cocked. Besidesiif 4 we could surprise 'him
in his absence and take his boat, he would I
retaliate on Mr. Wtight, and probably(
shoot him, as he ;had often threatened to!
do. After co ,, itCting on the subject some;
, time, we eoncruded that the g reatest good,!
for the greatest number, dpmanded that(
the old fellow must die, besides we tho't.,
, it would be only proper punishment for(
his many sins, acid even murders. So
armed with a rifle, containing a ball and;
three back shof, :and a musket loaded 1,
with 13 balls, we Crept cautiously to the
place where his boat was concealed. For
tunately for himle was not, there. We;
might have taken the boat, but this would!
not do, as it would , icompromHse Wright.(
Again we held, a council of war, and dd.!
cided to take Old Brown a(prisorier, and I
make him carry us' to !the fleet. So at,
midnight we Marched to his house, and
entered WithoUt knOcking, :With rifle and I
! musket presented. ! lie wds in his shirt
sleeves lying on the floor,,' with a - crowd
of children around him, hut although
;armed with a revolver and bowie knife,
he saw that resistance wohld be useless.
I Wo told him our purpose ii(ed offered him
the alternative of takium hi ; m to the fleet,
with the privilege of returning or. going
with us as a;prisoner. St first he de
murred and plead all mauner of exchses,
but finding us firm, nut, o'p his coat and
went with us to the boat. I( After we had
him fairly under wily we 'put our guns
which we had borrowed bf Wright on
shore. It was about twe o'clock when
we got under way; and we' made directly
for the fleet; and arrived at the Gunboat
Bloomer, Capt. Cresie, about 11 o'clock
the nest Idly. We were: welcomed on
board by! Capt. C. who took us to his
cabin, and listeued to our story. When
' he recognized our boatman ho exclaimed
"You have got the very •aseal I want."
It seemed that Brown ha Linde himself
partieulatlly,obnoxious to cur officers. At,
first he !as inclined to retain him, but Ss!
we bad pkorai.sed him his Safety Hite took
us safely(th,ere, Capt. C. (,gave him some
hard tack and let him gO.( ! I
i After ',staying on board the Gunboat
two days; Cwt. C. sent 6 by sloop to
!Pensacola, , :here we were hospitably re
ceived by 'the Provost piers:hal, Capt.
Mantiloi Faviug,exarilined us to his
satisfaction ; he sent us to Gen. Hurlburt's
headquarter?, where we [ Were examined
very minutely by the General as to our
knowledge lot the' country through which
we bad pa7ed. We weie mat pitiable
looking objects. Our clothes were so
badly torn that they barely clung to us,
' Lind to add to our discomfort . we were cov
ered with rand 'fleas, and vermin. We
were' suipplied with new clothing, and
soon made ourselves comfortable.
FrOm Pensacola we were forwarded to
the Provost Marshal at New Orleans, who
forwardad us to New York.
No otiewho has never been in a simi
lar situation can imagine the joy we ex
perienced on on c , e
more finding ourselves
within the Unibn lines,' and once more
beneath the protecting folds of the starry
flag. Since weknade our escape, we had
traveled over 600 miles, through the
rebel territory, Mostly by night, with no
compass but the stars, and no chatt save
a small map of 'the 'United States, thro'
the swamps of Florida, dependent on the
meager food we could steal, for our sup
port. For thirty•five days we were thus
exposed to greater hardships than we ever
before endured. Nothing sustained ns
but our longiug desire to once ,more
breathe the frei) air of heaven, and, once
more greet the dear friends from whom
we had so long been separated.
The Verdict Of t. 565.
Maine, New liamishire, Vermont,
Rhode Island and Connecticut held their
i State elections prior to. Tuesday of last
week, and the Union men gained in Con
gressmen and swept every State.
Pennsylvania elected n Union Auditor
General, Surveyor General and about 37•
majority on joint ballot in the legislature.
The. State ticket is chosen by from 15,000
to 20,000 with a very light vote.
In Qhio the vote is very light and the
Democratic candidate, Gen. Morgan, be.
ing much less objectionable that Vallan
dighara, the Union majority is reduced
to about 30,000. The Democrats made
an exhausting effort, and elect as near
nothing as possible.
In lowa the Democrats nominated a
General also and endorsed President John-
son, hoping I thereby to deceive many
Union voters, but they, are defeated by
from 20,000 . t0 25,000.
In California there was no State ticket
Ito elect, but twMthirds of the members
of the Ilegislatuse chosen are Unicarthus
settling another coppery as Senator— : -Mr.
In old Virginia the rebel-Democracy
have elected several members of Congress,
but as they won't get io, its no adds, as'
Toots would say. No where out of rebel.
dont has Democracy plgitated this year !
The t re seems to be no limit to the fa
tality that follows the ambition of the
Woodwards. Chief Justice Woodward
was defeated for U. S. Senator when reg
ularly nominated and his party in power;
was subsequently rejected by the United
States Senate when nominated by Presi
dent Polk as Judge of the Supreme Court
of the United States, - and again rejected
by the people in 1863 when presented for
Governor. Weary of defeats with the'
father, add desiring in some measure
to retrieve his memory, the Democracy of
Luzern°, his home, nominated his son
Stanley for the Senate this fall, an the
people of that strong Democratic county
have rejected him by 235 majority, while
the rest of the Democratic ticket is elect- 1
ed. Verily the sour grapes which the
father has taken has set his children's
teeth on edge.
' In spite of the most unscrupulous ef-
I forts to defeat him, Morton McMichael!
is chosen Mayor of Philadelphia by over
5,000 majority. 41tbough he has given
'the best energies of his life to defend the'
great industrial interests of Philadelphia
and the country On all occasions, he was
assailed persgtently and bitterly as the
foe of the laboring classes, and while most
of thole disregarded these falsehoods, still
a lew were de:n(10 to vote against their
best and ablest friend. It will bo a mat
ter of congratuhition among the Union
men of the State that Mr. McMichael is
chosen to the Chief Magistracy of the
great emporium of the State. He will
discharge the grave duties assigned him
with dignity, nli•ility and fidelity, and
maintain the high character of Philadel
phia.for devotioU to order and law.
THE ENGLISH REBEL LOAN HOLDERS
The Lend' Times indignantly iie
-301/13CCS the list of Englishmen suffering
by the rebel loan as a malicious irnpoi
ture, and declares that it is a complete
falsehood to assert that the editor of the
Times loses ten thousand pounds or more
by ,the loan. Several of the other gen
tlemen named are writing letters to the
same effect. Hon. Evelyn Assley denies
that he had any of the loan. Mr.Ridout,
proprietor of the /Wonting Post, makes
the same denial. Mr. Laird, of Liverpool
—whom we trust Americans will remem
ber as the builder of the Alabama—au
thorizes the same denial. Mr. Gladstone,
Chancellor of the Exchequer, 'telegraphs
hie denial to the London Star.
But wby do these gentlemen deny the
charge with suc h fury ? They apolandea
the rbbellion. • Th e y reviled the United
State's Government. Their Sneered ' . at
,idea of ever subduing the rebel States.
They extolled the rebels as bigh- : minded
patriots and honorable men; exercising -nu'
undeniable , and ; gallantly striking
for liberty. Mi r Laird defended them in
Parliament afidi built vessels fir them.
The Morning Post clung to their.fortttnes
I to the last, and refused, to beliere their
overthrow. Mrl Gladstone declared that
Jefferson Davis bad created a nation.—
What possible reason was there that these
gentlemen shoald not ai d by money a
cause to which titey gave 'praise so freely ?
There is no shame in helping' honorable
men gallantly 'striking for right and lib
erty. There is !,130 disgrace in the state-
ment that they` showedl their faith by
their works. I The gallant gentlemen
have indeed come to grief. Mr. Jeffer
son Davis's nation died 4fore it was bore.
But is it disreputable for: an English gen
tleman to have helped the unfortunate?
May he not hooorably ljump in to rescue
a drowning man, even though his effort
be• in vain ? simple humanity not es
timable in England? The English gen
tlemen hurry to exculpate themselves
from the suspicion of actually aiding the
American rebels with as much alacrity
and indigoatiqt as if tliey were Irish
It is a painfu l , and ridiculous spectacle.
If all these gentlemen were not ashamed
to countenance and encourage a rebel
lion waged against equal civil liberty, an
insurrection, to ;overthrow a free govern
ment and establish a slave-empire, surely
they n-ed fnbt blush at the' imputation of
honesdy nieaniag what they said, and of
stipportingl with their purses a cause to
which tliCy deyoted their tongues and
THE 040LE4A.—There can no longer
be any danbt tlat the Asiatic cholera has
made its appearance and is spreading in
England. I Am: l nbar fatal case has occurr
ed at Southampton. From there it has
spread to Sholipg Common and Bitterne,
situate abbut fpur and two miles from
SoutliamOon. I The two cases at Sholing
Common have Proved fatal ; of seven cases
at Bitterne two' have proved fatal, while
the other patientsat were improving. There
is also a Marked diarrhea all over the 41s
triet of Bitterne.
In France. the disease is likewise on
the increase. " I A letter from Toulon states
that it baJ brolOn.out with steeling sud
denness at Boelies Pont, a little town of
3,000 inhabitants .. ln the course of the'
first night in which it made its appear
ance there were sixty cases, and thirty
six hours later there had been 55 deaths
out of a population reduced to 1,000 souls ;
by a panib stricken people. In Toulon'
it has a peculiarly ' virulent character.
It has also made its appearance at Paris,
where, according to the testimony of Dr.
Vacher, the condition of the stagnant
water of the basin causes a serious appre
hension of its rapid spread.
THE TRIAL OF JEFFERSON DAVIS.-
It is understohd that the delay in the
trial of Jeff Davis is not the fault of the
Administratiori. It 'is the business of
the judiciary and not of the Executive to
initiate proceedings in the premises; but
there is a diffOrenco of 'views among jul
rists, and the ,pinion has been advanced
that in the paesent unsettled condition of
the Southern ,tates, which aro still under,
martial law, (in one of which the trial
would bare to take place,) and no general
peace having lbeen proclaimed, further
legislation by Congress may become nee.
essary ; and, fitrther, there would not be
time enough hotween now and the first
Monday in Ddeember to try the case, for
at that period l i the Justice of the Supreme
Court of the United States will commence
their regular term at the Capitol. What
ever may be ite ultimate disposition ofl
Jefferson Davis and others, this appears
to be the present condition of the import
ant subject. ;
Maria N usEcKED. 7 —The Copper
heads, who have been unvrilling sojourn
ers, says' the Readingdourna/, for the last
five years at, the head waters of "Salt
River," and who made extensive and con
fident preparations to return this Fall
within the piile of civilization, have had
their fond hopes crushed by the result of
the recent election. In view of the die
mal prospects: that their ostracism is like
ly to be perOtual,.they ere now cogitat
ing the erection of permanent quarters in
that dismal diode. A very; large num
ber of the original "emigrants" have con
cluded to avail themselves of the oppor
-6134 of , being pardoned for past offences,
laV taking thci, Oath of allegiance to the'U.
U. Government. Some of the more die.
gusted even go so far as to declare them
selves the Wckest of "Black Repobli
6ns," and to saver, moreover, that as their
Party has been the means of setting the
negroes fiee,loey ought in justice to be
considered om a par with the, origincri
The War is Over'!
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